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ERIC Number: EJ791796
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-0305-5698
Coeducational or Single-Sex School: Does It Make a Difference on High School Girls' Academic Motivation?
Chouinard, Roch; Vezeau, Carole; Bouffard, Therese
Educational Studies, v34 n2 p129-144 May 2008
The aim of the present study was to further examine the impact over time of single-sex and coeducational school environments on girls' motivation in language arts and mathematics. Two cohorts comprising 340 girls (7th to 9th grade; 9th to 11th grade) from eight coeducational and two single-sex schools were followed during a period of three academic years in a longitudinal research scheme. Data were collected with a self-reported questionnaire including several scales: parental and teachers' support, competence beliefs, utility-value and achievement goals. In general, mixed-design repeated measures analyses of variance indicated no effect of the environment or of the interaction between environment and time of measurement. Significant time effects on several variables indicated a general decline of achievement motivation over time. Consequently, the multiplication of non-mixed high schools, as proposed by some, would constitute an expensive and inefficient social policy, as far as girls' motivation is concerned. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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